In today’s media saturated world, the skill of successfully setting music to picture is more important to artists than ever. With that in mind, we’re pleased to get to join a scoring competition – and take the opportunity to better learn the craft.

We’re joining as judges with Pond5, which manages an enormous library of royalty-free media (they claim the world’s largest). Producer/singer Dani DiCiaccio from Pond5 joins as a judge; apart from making music, she is responsible for curating Pond5’s music and audio library.

And we have one particularly interesting judge. Harvard grad Justin Hurwitz has an impressive scoring resumé, including scoring Academy Award-winning film Whiplash, and collaborations with director Damien Chazelle, known for his unique film/musical combinations.

With that in mind, if there’s anything you’ve always wanted to ask a composer, let us know here in comments, and we’ll ask Mr. Hurwitz.

The prizes:

KORG gives you their microKEY keyboard, plus their iOS app Gadget, and – here’s a new one – an hour-long consultation with one of their product managers. Plus, pick a KORG volca for yourself, and you get that, too.

iZotope are offering a whole stack of software: the amazing Iris 2 synth, Vocal Synth vocal processor, and your choice of either Trash 2 or The Rx Plugin Pack.

Here’s the video:

Pond5, Korg, CDM and iZotope Video Scoring Contest from Pond5 on Vimeo.

Now let us know in comments if you’ve got questions for Damien (or the rest of us) about what you might like to know about composition and scoring.

All the details / submission: